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May 14, 2013

Exchange Club invites public to Haverhill's first anti-bullying rally

The Exchange Club of Haverhill will present “Stop the Bull Haverhill,” the city’s first local anti-bullying rally, on Friday from 7 to 10 p.m. on the athletic fields behind Haverhill High School, 137 Monument St.

More than 1,000 students and adults from Haverhill and surrounding communities are expected to attend. The rally is free and open to the public. It will feature celebrity guests 15-year-old folk singer Hayley Reardon, national spokesperson for PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center, and 17-year-old Madyson Milordi, Miss Massachusetts Teen USA. The rain-or-shine program of activities includes: DJ for the night, David from Spinner Music Productions; a 16-foot jumbo video screen broadcasting the event live; celebrity anti-bullying testimonials; mechanical bull rides, live musical performances; and student engagement activities to spread the message of stopping bullying.

“Haverhill High’s Excel and VIP clubs (Violence Intervention Prevention) have been amazing by reaching out to other area schools and students,” said Leanne Eastman, president of the Haverhill Exchange Club. “If this rally gives even one person the confidence to speak up against bullying, or causes him/her to think twice before taking a hurtful action against another person, then we may tout success.”

The rally targets students in grades five through 12 in the Haverhill school system, Pentucket Regional High School and Timberlane Regional High School. The event is sponsored in partnership with Haverhill Community Television. For more information, visit facebook.com/stopthebullhaverhill or twitter.com/HilliesStopBull.

Planning Commission meets Thursday

The Merrimack Valley Planning Commission will hold its monthly meeting on Thursday at 7 p.m. at the MVPC office, 160 Main St.

The agenda includes updates on the Regional Comprehensive Plan and Environmental and Transportation Projects for the Merrimack Valley. For more information, contact Nancy Lavallee at 978-374-0519 or nlavallee@mvpc.org.

Car wash fundraiser Saturday

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